Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 19 February 2016

Event – HEFCW’s 2017/18 Fee and Access Plan guidance consultation event:

This event will be held on Monday, 22 February, 2016, from 10:30am to 4pm at the Park Inn by Radisson in Cardiff City Centre.  The event is aimed at student representatives, senior planning, widening access, finance or quality managers and clerks to governing bodies current or prospective regulated institutions.

The event will provide more information about the consultation, give delegates a chance to discuss any issues and give us early feedback about the guidance.

If you would like to attend this event, please contact


Study in Wales

As part of the social media strategy for Study in Wales, Universities Wales recently set up a Facebook page for the brand. In the three weeks since the page has been set up, it has received over 11.4k likes and generated over 14k additional visits to the Study in Wales website.  A short film about student life in Wales funded by the GREAT UK Challenge Fund has also been shared on the Facebook page. To view the page, please click here. The Study in Wales website can be accessed at and the twitter handle is @StudyWales.


Event – Bridging Business and Research – a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Event

The Europe wide campaign to promote business-academic collaborations under the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) scheme is arriving in Cardiff on Friday 18 March, as the only UK stop on the tour in 2016. Whilst the main objective of the event is to encourage more involvement from the private sector in MSCA projects, the line-up of expert speakers from the European Commission, large industry, SMEs, public sector and academia are guaranteed to deliver an insightful programme, exploring the theme of bridging business and research more widely.

With facilitated question and answer sessions and ample networking time, delegates will be in for an informative and enjoyable afternoon. Please see attached programme for details of the venue and timings. The event is free to attend but registration is required and places are limited. Please register at:

SPA briefing on Age

SPA received a high proportion of queries from HE providers last year that concerned age within admissions policy and practice, and provided specific advice and guidance to help address their issues. However, following the Equality Act 2010, there has been a lack of sector-wide information for HE admissions staff on age. SPA has therefore compiled general points from SPA’s advice into a short equality briefing on age considerations in admissions, highlighting key points to bear in mind when reviewing policy and practice.

SPA hopes that this briefing will prove useful and would appreciate any feedback, including whether or not admissions staff would find similar equality briefings on other protected characteristics helpful. SPA still, of course, welcomes any specific queries on age not covered within this general briefing –

Download: SPA Briefing on age considerations in admissions.


French Partner Reception, Paris

Universities Wales, Welsh Higher Education Brussels and representatives of the Welsh universities will travel to Paris next week for a reception hosted by Mr Paul Docherty, the Director of British Council France to celebrate the research and educational partnerships between Wales and France. This will take place at the British Council offices in Paris on Thursday 25th February at 7pm. The event celebrates the collaboration between Welsh and French universities both in terms of research and exchange and will provide a networking opportunity for colleagues to explore the potential for further partnership work. A range of research projects involving Welsh and French partners will be showcased at the event, and Richard Parks, former Wales rugby international turned Extreme Environment Athlete, will be present to talk about the importance of partnership working in his project with the University of South Wales. The event is part of Visit Wales’ broader ‘Adventure Roadshow’, showcasing the best of what Wales has to offer to an international audience. Further information and registration can be found here.


Gone International Research

The UK Higher Education International Unit’s Go International Programme has just released Gone International: the value of mobility, the second annual national outline comparing the academic attainment and employment outcomes of mobile and non-mobile first degree undergraduate students. This report echoes last year’s findings and shows strong academic attainment and improved employment outcomes for mobile students who completed their studies at the end of the 2013/14 academic year. Of particular focus this year was the impact of mobility for black and minority ethnic and widening participation students. Only 2.9% of black students and 3.3% of Asian students were mobile compared to 5.8% of white students but the benefits were greater. The Go International Programme is working with colleagues and partners across the sector to develop an action plan to increase participation of underrepresented groups in mobility programmes.

Registration is now open for the Go International Conference on the 28 April in London. More information can be found here.